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The Icon and the Fire

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There was a fire this weekend at a Greek Orthodox church in Knoxville, Tenn. The church was seriously damaged. The icon above survived without damage, even though the fire was so hot it melted the glass in the frame. Amazing, innit?

(H/T: Frederica Mathewes-Green)

UPDATE: Well, maybe not so amazing. Reader MH writes:

Glass melts at temperatures above 1000 °F, so if it is glass that’s pretty amazing.

But that covering looks like a plastic to me. When glass melts it flows downwards, while melting plastic shrinks and can flow upwards like it did at the bottom of the frame.

Also, plastics melt at 248 to 356 °F, while wood and paper combust at around 450 °F, so the damage is consistent with it being a plastic like acrylic.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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